I've installed Ubuntu 15.04, and somewhere I read that I can install 'Mate desktop environment' on top of Ubuntu 15.04, but, this does not look like how I have anticipated, this Mate does not has the Mate tweaks which I was looking forward to. From my understanding, i've done completely different.

If I've understood it all wrong, what is the easy way to get the Ubuntu Mate 15.04 which I was talking about?


  1. I've installed Ubuntu 15.04
  2. Installed ubuntu mate using:

    sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment

This installed Mate on the ubuntu.

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    What did you do, exactly? And 15.04 is end-of-life, upgrade to 15.10. – muru Feb 25 '16 at 3:52
  • @muru I've upated the question with more detail at the bottom – Zeus Feb 25 '16 at 3:57
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    You probably should have installed ubuntu-mate-desktop. – muru Feb 25 '16 at 3:58
  • @muru how to install that, it looks like the full Mate that I need to install, but, not sure how to proceed from the website you have pointed me to, My apologies, i'm noob on the linux distros – Zeus Feb 25 '16 at 4:01
  • Just apt-get install it. The site I linked to is the package index, where you can search for packages to be used with apt-get. – muru Feb 25 '16 at 4:03

The easiest way to get Ubuntu Mate the way you were talking about would probably just download it from https://ubuntu-mate.org/ and install it.

  • I agree, looks like this is the easiest way to do that. – Zeus Feb 25 '16 at 4:36
  • spent like half hour and I have the Ubuntu Mate on my machine, super smooth. I was hating Ubuntu until now, but this one is good. – Zeus Feb 25 '16 at 5:07

The metapackages that correspond to the Ubuntu flavour are typically named <flabour-name>-desktop (ubuntu-desktop, xubuntu-desktop, ubuntu-gnome-desktop, etc.). These packages bring in the artwork, customization, etc., added to the base desktop environment (gnome, xfce4, etc.). In the case of Ubuntu Mate, the metapackage is ubuntu-mate-desktop:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-mate-desktop
  • I still do not see any difference after restarting the system. I ran this command and it installed about 180 mb. On the login it shows Ubuntu-mate with the green icon, but it when I login it is the same Mate – Zeus Feb 25 '16 at 4:19
  • @Zeus Then you'll probably have to install Ubuntu MATE in a VM and compare. Can you list some features you were expecting but didn't find? – muru Feb 25 '16 at 4:27
  • Would running sudo apt-get purge ubuntu-mate-desktop be enough to completely uninstall MATE desktop afterwards? – Nickolai Leschov Jun 17 '19 at 21:17

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